Paris Saint-Germain intends to get their hands on their 11th Ligue 1 title on Saturday on the occasion of the 37th and penultimate day, driven by the European shock between Rennes and Monaco and the distance fight for maintenance between Auxerre and Nantes.
. The number: 11, the goal of Paris
PSG could enrich its record with an eleventh title of champion of France on Saturday (9 p.m.) in Strasbourg, pushing back by one unit the record it co-held until then with Saint-Étienne.
The Greens were champions ten times, between 1957 and 1981, while the capital club, bought by the Qatari fund QSI in 2011, is preparing to win its ninth title in the last eleven seasons. Only AS Monaco (2017) and Lille (2021) have upset their national supremacy over this period.
Kylian Mbappé’s partners have six more points and a much higher goal difference than Lens, their runner-up, which makes their coronation inevitable after a particularly shaken season behind the scenes.
The Lensois are preparing for their part to celebrate their magnificent second place, synonymous with the Champions League next season, Saturday in Bollaert, against AC Ajaccio, already condemned to relegation.
The Sang et Or, promoted to the elite in 2020, are almost immune to a return from Marseille, third five points behind, which receives Brest at the Vélodrome without Dimitri Payet, suspended.
. The poster: Rennes-Monaco, direct duel
Behind the podium, a fierce battle is being played out between three teams to snatch fourth place, qualifying for the Europa League: Monaco (65 points), Lille (63) and Rennes (62).
In this context, the arrival of the Monegasques at Roazhon Park in Rennes promises to be the most exciting poster of the penultimate day. The Breton supporters will be there and the pressure will be maximum.
At home, the Rouge et Noir have amassed 42 points this season, the second best harvest at home behind Lens (49 pts).
A success would allow the team led by Bruno Genesio to return to Monaco, not really comfortable facing the leaders outside. But that might not be enough to overtake Lille who, before receiving Nantes, have not lost any of their last 15 matches at Pierre-Mauroy.
. The player: Blas, rescue mission before departure?
Two days from the end, FC Nantes occupies the seventeenth place in Ligue 1, that of the last relegated, with a point behind Auxerre, the first club outside the red zone.
In this ultra-tense context, the hopes of the Canaries rest partly in the feet of Ludovic Blas, their leader, yet forced to leave the club at the end of the season.
The Nantes N.10, whose flashes have caught the eye of several clubs, is the last scorer to have given Nantes a victory in the league. It was February 12 against Lorient (1-0). Thirteen meetings have been played since and it is time for the series to end. Will it be Saturday in Lille?
AJ Auxerre are advancing at the same snail’s pace before going to Toulouse: only two points scored over the last five days, like Nantes. This made the business of Strasbourg, fifteenth, who pocketed ten points during this period.
Program for the 37th day on Saturday:
(21h00) Strasbourg – Paris SG
Rennes – Monaco
Lyon – Reims
Angers – Troyes
Lille – Nantes
Montpellier – Nice
Marseilles – Brest
Lens – AC Ajaccio
Toulouse – Auxerre